Normally when I blog (the rare occasion) I try to plan what I’m going to say before I post it, at least a little bit. However, this blog post is going to be completely random, is that okay with you guys? You wont walk out on me now, will you?
Great! So let’s get started, shall we?
At this very moment can you guess what I am doing? —Crying? Yes! Wow, awesome guess, you get a GOLD star!
“Oh no! Why are you crying, Hope?” Thanks for asking, reader, I really appreciate the concern. Essentially? It’s because of my boyfriend. I wont say names, or even anything much about him for his own privacy (yeah, I love him enough to keep our drama at least somewhat private 😛 ). We’ve been going through some really rough patches lately and it’s been leaving us in such a stressed out atmosphere with one another that I think it is leading to a very destructive state. And quite frankly? I’m really, really running out of ideas on what to do.
Okay, so…I was thinking maybe my readers could help me out. Are you willing to give some advice? I hope so! But for that to happen, you probably need to know a little bit more about our situation. Let’s start with the basics, okay?
We began officially dating not until I think February, but we’ve been “romantically” talking for I’d say at least one year. We are 10 years apart in age. He is one of the smartest people I have ever met (which is actually really sexy to me). We share lots of similar interests, life goals, and both pretty much want the same things in life. Sounds great, right?
It’s not. It’s actually kind of a nightmare. He isn’t exactly experienced in how to handle a woman, or perhaps treat her, I’m really not sure how I should say this (hey I warned you, none of this is planned…I’m just typing away)…But he is just really…mmm…difficult? He’s probably the most stubborn person I have ever met in my entire life. He also thinks he knows everything. And because of this? He thinks I’m the stupidest person he has ever met in his life. Which quite honestly is leading to the demise of our relationship. He talks down to me every now and then, and it’s essentially verbal abuse, if you ask me. I hate it. I tried to hint at it the last time I visited him (a week ago). (OH!! I forgot to mention. We live in different Continents. He lives in Europe, and I live in the U.S. Really makes things that much more difficult, if you ask me). Anyways…hinting. I told him that when he argues with me about things, it’s really annoying, and just shows how big headed he is about his own knowledge about things in this world. The worst part about all of this is that he admits to me that he thinks I’m dumb. What kind of f**king boyfriend does that kind of thing? That’s a hint of the…lack of knowledge…on how to handle women comes in, ehh? Starting to see where I’m coming from, maybe a little? Great!
So let’s move on from that, I mentioned that too soon, anyways. Probably because 5 minutes before I began writing this we just finished fighting about the very thing. Oh, I guess I can’t forget about my flaws in the matter, though, right?
He as well claims that I am verbally abusive. There is only one instance that he could specifically recall, so it’s really all I have to go on at this point. I’m sorry if it is a lack of evidence, or overwhelming evidence of my being verbally abusive! But there was one time when we were lying in bed together, we had just had a very miniature fight (due to his insomnia…I like to have my boyfriend actually spend the night with me), and we were beginning to talk things over a little and I said something that pissed him off, I don’t remember what (this wasn’t the verbally abusive part), but it caused him to stomp off. He didn’t say a word, he just jumped out of bed (actually quite fast) and stomped his way out of the bedroom, and down the hall. Well, his stomping was quite displeasing to me, and I found it a little going over board. So it is what was stuck in my mind about his very rude departure. So when we talked again I told him that he was stomping around like a child (You know? How when a child gets really pissed off and throws a temper tantrum and they stomp their feet? Yeah..that’s totally what it reminded me of, except that he wasn’t trying, waving his fist around, and shouting at me as well). But that is what I was accused of being verbally abusive about. Let’s make sure you’re clear on this:
“You were stomping around like a child” – Me
That is what I said that brought me to being told that I am verbally abusive. He says there is more, and honestly, I’m sure there probably is. But, we don’t recall specifics so I cannot give them to you at the moment, I apologize. His reasoning behind saying that what I said there was verbally abusive was because I was insinuating immaturity…soo…I was being verbally abusive.
Honestly? I don’t see it. But, if I want our relationship to work I HAVE to try and be more understanding about it. So…I offended him. Okay. I accept that, and I apologize, perhaps I should have said my analogy of him stomping away in a different form. I just do not know. Or, maybe I could have just kept my big mouth shut about how absurd I thought he had been. But then, that’s not fair to me because that’s just essentially telling me that I’m not allowed to speak my mind. Maybe that’s just the case. Maybe I just can’t stand up for myself.
Okay, let’s move on from this area now. I’m pointing out so many negatives that it’s actually depressing me! There really, truly are positives in our relationship, I mean for Christ’s sake I think I might be in love with him. I’m not sure, but it’s close, or at least it was…I promise you, when we’re not all drama-tized out, I’m truly happy that he’s my boyfriend and I would seriously consider spending the rest of my life with him. So before I move on, please keep that in mind, I really don’t want to make this sound like a bitch-fest, I’m just seeking advice, okay?
What else is there, then? Well, he is conflicted if he even wants to fall in love with me. This mostly, I think, goes back to the intelligence thing. He doesn’t think I’m curious enough, he doesn’t think I like to learn, and I’m pretty sure he thinks he deserves someone a bit more intelligent than myself (honestly, do I sound stupid to you? I’ve never in my life been called dumb, I’ve always been the intelligent one..this actually came as a shock to me. It also probably does not help at all that he has ten years on me. Of COURSE he’s going to know more than me, shouldn’t that be obvious? Ten years ago I probably didn’t know half of what I know now. Shouldn’t that say something? I wish he realized that…I guess I should end this parenthesis now…). So, that’s that. And it’s really rough, and I don’t know how to deal with that actually. I don’t even know what I should do.
There are more things, I’m sure, but I’m exhausted. So can you guys please, please give me advice on how I can make this relationship work? What can I do? Should I just start reading more books? Should I go to anger management?
Or do you think that when we’re back in the same country, living with each other, things will just smooth out?
There are so many good things about “us” that I am trying really hard to make “us” work. But…well, it takes two to make it work. I really hope he can think of something, or at least try to put in a valiant effort to really make this work, because I don’t want to lose him. He’s my best friend, my world, and honestly I feel such a connection during our private moments that I really don’t want to be with another man again.
But…like I said, it takes two to want that. Maybe I’m just a rag, to get him started. Maybe that was the plan all along, I sure hope not. I love him.